PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Aug 2013

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
bikbus dense bush
bilasim skin body decoration
dai pinis die
em nau! great! fantastic!; literally 'him now!'
em tasol that's all
hallans / hailens highlands
haus sik hospital
hausboi / hausmeri servant
het i pen headache
hukim pis catch fish / fishing
husat who
kago cargo / goods / baggage
kagoboi porter
kilim injure
kilim i dai pinis kill
kilman murderer
sanguma / puripuri sorcery / witchcraft
susu milk
malolo rest / relax

Webster's Online Dictionary
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PMVs in ENB sell Post-Courier newspaper --

Almost 1500 bound for PNG --

University of Goroka expels 400 students --

Claims PNG police investigation into Rabaul Queen has stalled --

Political urgency gives rise to a new (air) cargo cult --

Gay asylum seekers will be sent to PNG despite threat of imprisonment --

Coppermoly PNG plans hit a hurdle --

Gas helps lift PNG growth to 6.1pc --

Misc. Links

Dept. of Labour and Industrial Relations: National Employment Division --

PNG Reunions --

Kokoda Trail / Tufi Resort Combo --

Papua New Guinea: 'Like everywhere you've never been' --

Koare Konda Community Forum --

Exhibition at the Moresby Arts Theatre Bar launching --

PNG Images

Operation Open Heart PNG 2012 - YouTube --

A village elder in the Highlands plays a traditional musical instrument --

Tribesmen jewels --

Not Victims, Not a Shanty Town --

Sun rise in Madang --

Underwater life in PNG --

Sago preparation --

Love animals? --

PNG provides an unparalleled mix of natural beauty & cultural diversity --

Fisherman At Sunset --

PNG Blogs

Lending a hand --

PNG welcomes additional cruise ship programs - Keith Jackson --

Two Tumbuan New Ireland Masks Donated to PNG National Museum and Art Gallery --

Welcome to PNG - a dump in the Coral Sea --

PNG PM Peter O'Neill attacks Tony Abbott over 'untrue' aid claims --

The aid implications of the PNG solution: what isn't, is, and might be happening --

Kokopo and Rabaul --

News Items

Rabaul Queen

A government official in West New Britain, Steven Raphael, says the operators of the Rabaul Queen which sank off Morobe last year are continuing to put people's lives at risk.


Bird Watching

PNG is a bird watchers paradise! There are many locations throughout PNG where you can see the beautiful species of birds in Papua New Guinea, including the different species of the famous Birds of Paradise - found only in PNG.


Rudd's Plan Will Fail

Elder statesman, Sir Michael Somare, has denounced Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's asylum-seeker deal, accusing Mr Rudd of using his country as a dumping ground for displaced people. Sir Michael said he also did not share Mr Rudd's and Mr O'Neill's confidence that the arrangement would stop the boats. "These people are desperate to get to Australia and to live the lifestyle Australia provides and I believe they will keep coming," he said.


Opposition challenges asylum deal --

Fiji criticises Australia's asylum seeker deal with PNG --

Lae Chamber of Commerce favours asylum-seeker deal --

PNG's bishops denounce refugee agreement --

UNHCR troubled by PNG asylum deal --

The Law Council of Australia has expressed concern over the Australian Government's recent announcement of a Regional Settlement Arrangement with PNG. --

Australia's decision to send asylum-seekers to its struggling Pacific neighbour Papua New Guinea will cost the government about Aus$1.1bn (US$980mn) --

Australians funding PNG's feared cops --

Dispute Over PNG Payments

PNG and the Australian Government, led by Kevin Rudd, are at odds over what new infrastructure Australia will pay for as overseas aid under the controversial asylum-seeker deal. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has said Australia will pay for the upgrade of a highway into the port city of Lae and the construction of new law courts in the capital, Port Moresby. But Australia says it has agreed only to ''scoping studies'' into the work.


Vale Joe Kanekane

Joe Kanekane, 44, has passed away on the 14th of July after suffering a heart attack at Tabubil General Hospital. He was the PNG Media Council President. His achievements included directorship of the PNG Law and Justice Sector Secretariat (PNG LJSS).


Asylum Centre Expansion

A major logistical effort was under way in Port Moresby yesterday to ship heavy equipment, tents and supplies to Manus Island in order to rapidly expand the Papua New Guinea detention centre.


Beggars an Eyesore

Beggars in Kokopo town, East New Britain, are becoming an eyesore, according to an online survey.
With businesses expanding and many developments happening in the town and province, beggars are increasingly become an unwelcome sight.


Acting National Court Officials

Three acting National Court judges have been sworn-in for 12-month terms. They are Kewai Kawi-iu from Dermibat in Manus, Steven Oli from Irupara village in Rigo, Central, and Regett Marum, from Rabaul in East New Britain.


Road Accidents Increasing

Road accidents in the country have increased considerably and drastic action must be taken to address them, National Road Safety Council executive director Nelson Terema says.


Police Mentoring

Fifty well trained and experienced Federal police from Australia will be in Papua New Guinea to mentor local police. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said that this was one of the government's strategies to address law and order issues in the country.


More needed in cop exchange --

PMV Accident

Twenty three people have reportedly died during a recent road accident involving a Public Motor Vehicle in Wewak. It was alleged that the passengers were on their way to Wewak town when the accident happened.


Hagen Hospital Upgrade

The Papua New Guinea government has committed more than 217 million US dollars over the next four years for the rebuilding of Mt Hagen General Hospital to a level six trauma specialist hospital.


PM's Charity Gala

Tina Arena, one of the Australia's most revered singers, has performed at the Prime Minister's Charity Gala held at the Dynasty Restaurant. The Gala was to celebrate the PM's first 12 months in office. K3.86 million was raised for charities in the country through the PM O'Neill Foundation.


Operation Open Heart Surgery

The annual Operation Open Heart (OOH) surgery program has commenced in Port Moresby. The OOH team hope to be able to complete 30 operations within a week.

OOH coordinator Professor Nakapi Tefuarani said the operation has gained the country's recognition in terms of the government's K2 million annual funding.


Operation Open Heart involves a team of medical and health specialists including surgeons, anaesthetists, physiotherapists, intensive care and operating theatre nurses and technicians who all donate their time, skills, expertise and money to travel from Australia to Papua New Guinea to join forces with their local counterparts to perform cardiac surgery on Papua New Guineans.


PNG and Solomons

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has highlighted the importance of building a strong private sector relationship between Solomon Islands and PNG. In a brief courtesy call to his office by the PNG trade minister Richard Maru yesterday, Mr Lilo said it is important for the Solomon Islands to look to its Melanesian brothers like PNG to increase the dimension of trade.


Alotau Port

According to the PNG Ports Corporation Ltd (PNGPCL) work on the K45 million Alotau Port development is progressing well and should be completed on time for the first cruise liner expected to berth in November. The development project is supported by the Milne Bay provincial government and Governor Titus Philemon. The Milne Bay provincial government is spending K3 million as counterpart funding for the project being undertaken by the National Fisheries Authority.

Australian Chief Visits PNG

The Australian Chief of the Defence Force (CDF), General David Hurley, AC, DSC, and his wife Mrs Linda Hurley have visited PNG from 1 to 3 August in support of the enduring PNG-Australia defence partnership. This was General Hurley's inaugural visit to PNG as CDF, and he took time to meet with PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) troops in Port Moresby and Wewak.

Aust defence chief signals more help --

PNGDF needs good admin --

Companies Scent Offshore Gold

Western Australia-based Decmil, a company previously little known outside the mining industry, has picked up a government deal worth at least $150 million to build quarters on Manus Island for an initial 600 asylum seekers and another 200 staff at a permanent site, away from the naval base where the present tent city sits.


Missing IMR Researchers

It has been over two years since Gibson Gideon, Tania Oakiva, Lydia Petrus, Leonard Vavana and George Dogoya from the PNG Institute of Medical Research went missing in the waters of West New Britain. The government may have forgotten these five but their memory lives on in the hearts of family, friends and co-workers.

Eagle Boys Pizza

Eagle Boys has partnered with Port Moresby based retail company CPL Group to bring the brand to PNG. The pizza franchise's first store is located in the Port Moresby suburb of Central Waigani, and a second is set to open outside CPL Group's Stop and Shop supermarket in the city centre at the end of August.



Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

East Sepik Crocodile Festival -- 6th - 7th August 2013

Mt. Hagen Cultural Show -- 17th - 18th August 2013

Goroka Show 14th - 15th August 2013 --

National Canoe & Kundu Festival -- Nov 2013

Christmas Day - 25th December 2013

Boxing Day - 26th December 2013

New Year's Day -- 1st January 2014

Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 --

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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